Minnesota Artists Oral History Project: Interview with Anthony Brutus Cassius
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Anthony B. Cassius was the owner of the Cassius Bar in Minneapolis which he operated for 47 years. In 1980 the Minnesota Historical Society acquired four large paintings that had hung in the bar. Cassius was born in 1907 on a farm in Oklahoma and came to Minnesota in 1922 to join an older brother. Cassius worked as a porter while he finished high school. He also attended Macalester College and night school. In addition to his successful business, Cassius was also active in Democratic and DFL politics and in community and civic affairs. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Personal history. Interest in sports and black athletes, including his sponsorship of local softball teams and golden gloves boxing. The Cassius Bar and Cafe, its changing clientele, eventual loss of business and closing in 1980. The murals in the bar: the artists and their subject matter - artist Harry Tobjinski painted the 1938 victory of Joe Loius over Max Schmeling, Lawrence Flowers painted Jackie Robinson's slide into home plate in the 1955 World Series, Mel Brown (a St. Paul middleweight boxer) painted two ringside scenes of the victories of Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali. Much mention is made of Mr. Cassius's political and athletic acquaintances, including the boxer Joe Louis who was the first black person to stay in the Nicollet Hotel in Minneapolis. Some details about the black community in Minneapolis.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
12 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:39:32 running time
Creation Interviewee: Cassius, Anthony Brutus
Interviewer: O'Sullivan, Thomas
Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 01/13/1981
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 1
Accession Number AV1981.204
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Artists Oral History Project'

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